The house looks to be about 12-by-18 foot, and whilst not stated on their AirBnB page, the usable square footage is probably in the range of 300 square feet when you include the loft. The house is a pet project of DIY enthusiasts, Jenny and Michael, who built the home from as many recycled and repurposed elements as possible.” – Humble Homes
Read more about this Rustic Tiny House Made From Reclaimed Materials. Photos via Airbnb.com
The builder of these tree houses has been chipping away at their construction in his spare time over the last few years. They are a true DIY marvel. He estimates that he has so far spent around NZ$30,000 constructing these.” – Living Big In A Tiny House
Read more about this Incredible DIY Tree House in Kauri Forest. Also check out the Tiny House Forum at Living Big In A Tiny House.
To tell you the truth electricity scares me because it carries the power of fire. Even so, I thought about it enough to know that I did not want to be on grid, and that I wanted to do it myself.” – Laura
Read and see more of The 12 volt Tiny House Option.
Cob building gets its name from the Old English term for “lump,” which refers to the lumps of clay-rich soil that were mixed with straw and then stomped into place to create monolithic earthen walls.” – Mother Earth News
Read about Cob Building Basics: DIY House of Earth and Straw
Believe it or not you can use a mailbox to create a wood stove. While I’m not sure how big of an area it can heat, it’s certainly a low cost alternative to buying a traditional wood stove. Naturally the paint that comes with the mailbox is going to burn away after it’s first use since your mailbox wasn’t intended to keep you warm.” – Steven
Read more about this Do-It-Yourself Tiny Woodstove.
Portable alternative power generations like this one are handy during extended blackouts and can make good starter kits for some tiny houses.
The size of a system depends on what you need to run; for example if you just needs lights and communications a very small system will do. If you need to power a refrigerator, well pump, and/or clothes washer the system will naturally need to be bigger.
You can build solar systems yourself with all the necessary parts or buy prebuilt packages like the one pictured here to help you get started.
To learn how to build your own solar system I’ve linked a few how-to articles from other websites below:
- Eartheasy Blog – Simple DIY Home Solar Power System
- Mother Earth News – DIY Solar Power System Offers Easy Emergency Power Supply
- Off Grid Quest – 4 Videos – A Small Introduction to DIY Solar
Learn more about the system pictured above…